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Grace

Boy, Grace Kelly is tough to draw. I'm posting a few here, but sparing you some failed attempts. I went straight to ink with brush pen with these two: The main one isn't far off, but not quite there. The profile on top right looks more like Elizabeth Montgomery, but I like the drawing so included it anyway. Kelly has such a distinctive profile, I'll take another shot at that sometime. And she has such fine features, I gave it one more stab, this time in pencil (below) from an on-set photo during the shooting of High Noon.

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Myrna

Happy birthday, Myrna! That's her given name, though she was born Myrna Adele Williams in Helena, Montana. Her father liked the name of a train station, so Myrna it was. I've sketched her previously, focusing on line in pencil - simplicity. This time I went straight to it with brush, trying to capture a likeness, but also going for mood and a painterly touch. Oh, I could draw her again...and will.

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Paulette

I'm still not doing her justice, but am getting closer to capturing the gorgeous Paulette Goddard. I made an earlier attempt with this digital drawing, and also used her as the model for one of the characters in a strip a drew a few years back called Autotoons. Can you tell which of the three young ladies is based on Paulette? She's had my attention since I first came across a late-nite movie in my teens, Crystal Ball with Ray Milland. It's a silly movie, almost a screwball comedy, but in it she's smart, sassy, exotic, funny and has a spark on screen that can not be denied. I'm still on a quest to own that movie, as I don't believe it's been released on DVD. Since, of course, I've watched an re-watched many of her movies, sitting through some bland or sub-par stuff just to see her in action. Among her best are Chaplin's Modern Times and The Great Dictator (if you can avoid that final melodramatic and cheesy Chaplin speech in an otherwise silent movie - if only he'd kept it that way!), and she's a fine dancing partner for Fred Astaire in Second Chorus. So Proudly We Hail is a better-than-average WWII flick focusing on nurses during the war. I still like her best in Crystal Ball, which you can view in its entirety online. Movie history would've been something different had she gotten the role of Scarlet in Gone With the Wind, a part I wish she'd snagged, though Vivian Leigh undoubtedly inhabits the character. These screen tests show how good and close Paulette was. Here's a fun tribute to Paulette - she's trouble! I'll sketch her more in the future - no doubt...

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Gene Tierney

Another of my favorite ladies of the Silver Screen, Gene Tierney. What a beauty!

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Ava

This week: drawing some of my favorite ladies of the Silver Screen.

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Sketch Smörgåsbord

A plethora of sketches from the last couple weeks, some in Manga Studio, most with a Pentel Pocket Brush...

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Comics Man!

It's been two months since the last Intro to Comics class at MCAD, and I miss it. During that last session, some students gave me a sheet of drawings they'd done. Chan Chau kicked it off with the many moods of Mad Paul...

Most of these are more accurate than I'd like to admit.

Caroline saw me as a manga superhero:

Chan again, depicting me as a barrel-chested knight, as deluded as Don Quixote!

Brando's take:

HA! I may technically be a Baby Boomer, but I'm not quite that old. But once in a blue moon this Simon & Garfunkel fan is Feelin' Groovy.

Chan says I get this manga-like twinkle in my eye when I talk comics. I've heard this many times before, and it's even been caught on video (gotta share that someday).

Best I can figure Sugoi is a clothing outfit. What, do they sell Hawaiian shirts?!

And you can take the boy out of Chicago, but not Chicago out of the boy. Young Wisconsin cartoonist Jei sez I pronounce 'comics' thus:

Anyways, always and ever a Mid-Westerner.

Thanks, y'all! More Mad Paul comics coming soon...?

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Harry, Larry & Jerry Sketch

I whipped up this Trollords drawing for a fan yesterday...


My initial sketch could barely be called pencils - just a rough guide for the ink drawing, with my trusty Niji waterbrush. Took about 15-20 minutes. Every time I draw these guys now it's like going back in time. The shapes, patterns and squiggles are so familiar to me - I drew the trolls so many times - my hand and brush fall into a rhythm. In this case, even while trying to bring something new to the characters as the cartoonist I've become, drawing is a sense memory. To view this drawing at a larger size, visit the Saturday Sketch-Day blog, and check out my pals' sketches while there!

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AlphaBooks: Don Quixote

My contribution to the Alphabooks blog this week: D is for Don Quixote, in black and white and on parchment texture -
For a slightly larger view, see Alphabooks...and check all the various entries - just look at 'em all! And we're only through "D" so far...!

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TothPix: The Fox


You're kiddin' me, yeah? What a great sketch! I'd never seen this one before. Man, so good!

Not much for me to add, except: superb composition, positive/negative space, what balance - you can feel the hero's weight and weightlessness. Every line is in its place, just a smidge of rimlighting here and there, sometimes clean, sometimes with a rough edge. Clever: the space in the "O" is the Fox logo.

I love that The Fox's eyes are different sizes/shapes.

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